Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert has shed light on the reasons behind Cameron Borthwick-Jackson‘s absence from the first team in recent weeks, expressing a need to field players with more experience.
Borthwick-Jackson, who was awarded a new contract over the summer following an impressive debut campaign in the senior side under Louis van Gaal, was loaned to the Championship in August.
The youngster has only managed seven appearances for Wolves, with his last coming during a 3-2 defeat to Derby County on November 5th.
Lambert, speaking earlier this week, explained why the Englishman hadn’t featured in recent games.
“Cameron’s obviously on loan here and hasn’t really featured under me, just because I felt we needed a bit more experience. He’s a young lad, a tidy and nice footballer and he’s got to fight his way to get into the side,” he said.
“But he never lets himself down in training. He trains well. Come January, Kevin Thelwell and myself will start to get the squad we think can help.
“There’s been no official decision on Cameron and won’t be for another few weeks.”
The Championship can sometimes serve as something of a poisoned chalice for promising youngsters from Premier League sides. This is, after all, a notoriously brutish league, where managers regularly receive their marching orders following a couple of bad months.
And with Wolves languishing in 20th spot, with their last league win dating back to September 24th, one can understand Lambert’s scepticism when it comes to fielding a largely inexperienced youngster.
Borthwick-Jackson, along with this ailing Wolves side, will need to fight hard over the next couple of months, and such an experience could serve to benefit the 19-year-old in the long run.